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Suede to Rest

(A Material Witness Mystery #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  653 ratings  ·  143 reviews
Unraveling family secrets can be murder in Suede to Rest...

With her career as a dress designer in shreds, Polyester Monroe is looking forward to a fresh start. But as it all unfolds, the pattern to a new beginning looks a lot like murder.

When Poly Monroe was little, she loved playing in her family’s textile
Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 4th 2014 by Berkley
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Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014

Dollycas’s Thoughts

First let me say I am so jealous of Poly Monroe. I have always wanted to own my own fabric store. Sewing is something I loved since my mother and grandmother taught me to sew. I could spend a whole day shopping for fabric, finding just the right pattern and fabrics for clothes or quilts for my family. It is one of the things I miss most since my accident. That is why I love cozies like Suede to Rest . I can escape right into the pages and it brings so many wonderful memories.

This was a fun read. The story line and mystery were gripping and had a lot of twisted moments that had me at times, trying to figure what was happening. I really didn't have an idea, until right around the end when everything was coming together who the killer was.

My only main problem with the book, was there was some fillers in places that really didn't need them and there was a lot of retelling of previous parts that I didn't think needed to be retold so many times. There is a moment in the
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
This first in a series (Material Witness mysteries)was so riveting to me that I would have to classify it as a page turner. The main character, Polyester Monroe whose first name threw me off...I mean really!. However I soon discovered the reason for the name and then I saw the cleverness. Poly becomes the new owner of Land of a Thousand Fabrics when her uncle passes away. The shop has been closed for many years ever since her aunt was murdered in the shop in what people thought was a robbery. W ...more
Chatting About
May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Set in California, Polyester Monroe inherits an old family store, filled with wonderful old fabrics and sewing notions, when her Uncle Marius passes away. Sadly, her Aunt Millie was murdered in the store and it's been closed for ten years. As soon as Poly arrives in town, a local realtor starts hassling her with offers to buy her property. Resisting, Poly wants time to sort things out in her mind, but that's hampered by vandalism and threats which only make her more determined to get to the bott ...more
Kendel Lynn
I had the privilege of reading an advance copy, and I loved it! Charming, engaging, and of course, a fashionably clever murder mystery. Diane Vallere pulled me in with her rich descriptions of small town life, not easy to do in a Southern California setting. With the perfect blend of tension, texture, and personality, I read it in one sitting. Highly recommended!
Diane Vallere
Jul 23, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
On sale for $1.99!

Nominated for a Lefty Award (best humorous mystery) for Crimelandia-Left Coast Crime, 2015. Yay!
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First, I have to say that I loved the protagonist of this story – Polyester Monroe, but everyone calls her Poly. What a name – Polyester! When Poly’s uncle dies, she inherits her family’s fabric store, Land of a Thousand Fabrics. The store has been closed and boarded up since her aunt’s murder ten years ago, but her uncle continued to maintain his ownership of the place. Now that he’s gone, it’s put into Poly’s hands.

Poly takes a break from her dress designer job in Los Angeles and makes the tri
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So glad I picked this one up when I was in a reading slump…

Suede To Rest introduces us to Polyester Munroe, a talented dress designer whose life is about to fall apart when playing safe fails to give her the level of ease she desires.

Polyester prefers people to call her Poly. Although she grows up around fabrics, she likes to design dresses more than picking up the raw materials to sew. When she becomes the inheritor of the family’s textile store, she has a life-altering decision to make – does
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Suede To Rest is the first book in the A Material Witness series.

I have to admit that I gave a groan when I saw the main characters name is Polyester Monroe. Poly does explain how she got the name and I am happy with it.

Poly has inherited he Aunt and Uncles fabric shop that has been closed for some ten years, ever since her aunt was murdered in the shop, in was explained as a robbery gone bad. Poly returns with the idea to sign papers to give Ken Watts the rights to go ahead and arrange the sale
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing

This was a cozy that kept my attention from the time I picked it up until I finally put it down. This was a story filled with lots of characters and Diane did a very good job of keeping me guessing. I had no idea who was behind everything that had happened and was happening to Poly. To me that is what makes a great cozy. I definitely want to visit San Ladron again and Poly and all of her new friends. This was a great start to a new series, and one that won't disappoint you if you pick it up.

I re
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
NOTE: I received an ARC from the author to review.

The first of a promising new series! I'll admit when I started to read, I wasn't sure but in no time Diane Vallere had me sucked into this story.

Poly, short for Polyester Monroe (she comes by the name honestly!) has returned to San Landron where she spent a good deal of her growing-up years. Her Uncle Marius and Aunt Millie owned a fabulous fabric store in the town, drawing celebrities and "regular" people from far and wide to shop the amazing of
Clare O'Beara
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: america-crime
I had a good time reading this cosy mystery about a young lady named Polyester Monroe. She was born in a fabric shop, left town due to family misfortune as a child, and now returns to take the dilapidated, closed fabric shop in hand. Of course, it would be sensible to sell to the town developer. Her inheritance isn't worth that much and the effort to re-open would be phenomenal. But under all the cobwebs there are bolts of good fabric, and strips of suede, and... memories of a murder.

Poly enlis
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Loved this book! I'm not sure what exactly it was that drew me in and kept me engaged, but whatever Diane did, do it again!

I love how Poly was named...although wonder if she was heckled a lot as a kid with a name like Polyester.

There are some good strong characters that it will be interesting to see how they develop in future books, like Charlie, the female auto mechanic/shop owner. I liked her right off the bag and hoped she wouldn't end up being the killer. Then there is Vaughn...I think Poly
Vicki May
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a fair review. I always look at trying an author new to me as an adventure. As with any adventure, some are great, some are a disappointment and some are just okay. Sued to Rest was a great way to be introduce to Diane Vallere. Polyester was a girl after my own heart from her clumsy nature to her bond with newly found kittens. She means well but finds herself in one tight spot after another. Family secrets, crimes that may or may not be co ...more
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014
3.5 star read, rounding up here as there is great potential for this series. The fabric store setting is interesting and I'm looking forward to seeing whay Poly does with it. Some interesting characters here, too. I was pretty sure who the bad guy was from the get-go, but that didn't take anything away from the story. Nice small town setting where everyone seems to know most everyone's business. Looking forward to the next one! RECOMMEND! ...more
Star rating: 2.5 - 3 Stars

After Polyester Monroe's great Uncle Marius dies, she finds herself the unexpected inheritor of his old business Land of a Thousand Fabrics. Leaving Los Angeles with the intention of placing the old business up for sale, Poly finds herself in a bind when visiting the store resurfaces old memories. Does she really want to place her beloved Uncle Marius' store up for sale after all? When a murder occurs outside of her new building, Poly doesn't have much choice but to sta
Joy Smith
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I enjoyed the premise and the setting--and I love Polyester's name! Interesting background about the textile business. I love the characters; I'd like them for friends too, and the author kept me guessing about the villain. (No, not that character! Oh, good red herring.) I knew who else I didn't want to be disappointed in. Good suspense and danger--and a very satisfying ending.

Notes: I wondered about a few things--maybe I missed something--but what happened to the missing pages and how could she
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
What a great opener to a new series! I love the way Poly got her name and the twists and turns of the plot.

Poly Monroe has been left the family textile store, the only problem is it has been closed up since her Great Aunt Millie was murdered on the premises, everyone (including Poly!) expects her to sign on the dotted line and sell the building quickly, but after stepping back inside she decides to think about it, whilst inside though her car is vandalised, then one of the Senior Citizens who do
Sylvia McIvers
If book 3 of a series is just that good, I will go back and read the previous in the series.
Cathy Cole
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Poly (short for Polyester, I kid you not) is a winning main character. Readers see her at a crossroads in her life. Up to this point, she's always settled for feeling and being safe, but now this talented woman with a sharp eye for design and a good sense of humor is ready to embark on something new.

That something new seems to be bringing Land of a Thousand Fabrics back to life, and Poly is sharp enough to know that she won't be able to bring it back exactly the way it used to be. To survive, P
Michelle Drayson
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. With that being said, I LOVED this book!

This is the first book in a series. I am a huge fan of cozy mysteries, but this author is new to me. She apparently has several other series as well, and I can't wait to read the next book in this series, and to check out her other series, too!

My only hesitation about this book was the main character's name - Polyester. I thought that it might be to cutesy, and therefore distrac
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I really liked this book and it is a 4.5 stars for me. This is a great start to this series and I will definitely be looking for the next one in this series.

Polyester Monroe inherits "The Land of a Thousand Fabrics", the family store filled with wonderful old fabrics and sewing notions, when her Uncle Marius passes away. Her Aunt Millie was murdered in the store 10 years earlier, on the night of Poly's highschool graduation, and it has been closed ever since. Poly grew up in the store, literally
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing

A Material Witness Mystery—the first in a new series. Heroine Polyester ‘Poly’ Monroe has inherited her Aunt Millie and Uncle Marius’ business called the Land of a Thousand Fabrics in fictional San Ladron, near Los Angeles. Poly is a designer who knows and loves fabrics. The store hasn’t been opened for ten years, but is stocked with some very delicious fabrics—which Poly tells us about. An important and rich man in town, Mr. McMichael, will stop at nothing to get the property as he owns much of
Apr 29, 2014 rated it liked it
I wanted to like this book more, but I did have some major issues with it. I really don't like the cutesy names that authors give to their characters. The main character's name is Poly, short for Polyester, because she was born in a, wait for it...fabric store. This is just annoying to me. Also, it took forever for the main character to kick her BF to the curb. He was a complete jerk, and every time he opened his mouth, he put her down and treated her like an idiot. And she NEVER said a word! Sh ...more
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An excellent beginning to a series. Polyester, named because she was born in her family's fabric store inherits that store 10 years after her aunt is murdered there. A valuable gold bracelet and the week take are stolen at the same time and never recovered. The burglars were caught but swear they were hired to rob the store but were promised it would be empty and denied taking the money or killing the woman. 10 yrs later when Poly inherits the store bad things start happening as soon so she arri ...more
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm loving Diane's new Material Witness series. The 1st book is Suede to Rest and introduces us to Poly (as in Polyester) Monroe. Poly has recently learned that she is the sole heir to her great aunt and uncle's estate. The estate consists of a run-down, closed for 10 years textile store, which has been in the family for decades. Now Poly has to decide if she wants to re-open the store or put it om the market. Making the decision even more difficult is the fact that not everyone wants Poly to st ...more
Mark Baker
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, mystery
When Poly inherits the family fabric store from her great-uncle, she fully intends to sell the building. However, a string of sabotage and a murder behind the shop make her wonder why someone wants her out of town so fast. Could it have to do with her great-aunt’s murder ten years before?

I was hooked on this book from the beginning. The plot is great with plenty of enjoyable twists and turns. The characters were fully formed as well, and I easily fell in love with many of them. I will definitely
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I can't remember finishing a book as quickly as this one! The pacing and suspense are deliciously diabolical, and the characters have a tremendous amount of depth. When Poly (short for Polyester) takes possession of the long-closed fabric store she has inherited, her plan is to drive to San Ladron, sign a few papers to sell it, and drive back to LA. She isn't prepared for the emotional attachment that overwhelms her. Then the vandalism starts, and even a murder, and the worst part is not knowing ...more
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy_mystery
Suede to Rest is a wonderful first book in A Material Witness Mystery series. When I started reading the book, I had a hard time putting it down. By page 2, I knew Poly needed to solve her Aunt Millie’s murder (Aunt Millie was murdered 10 years ago). Poly meets some interesting characters in San Ladron (some nice and some not so nice). I thought the story had great twists which kept the adventure exciting. I am looking forward to reading the future books in this series.

I received a copy courtes
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this book originally form GoodReads First Reads-- I loved this book I read it "all" in one day I couldn't put it down. I loved the characters and the story kept my interest. Through no fault of anyones I got to page 264 and the book was done - I was so hoping it wasn't done there. :) Turns out the last 30 pages were just missing. So I went to Barnes and Noble and got another copy that had the rest. It was worth it to finish it, and I can't wait for the next one in the series. ...more
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